Morning Reflections

There is beauty in real life. Our real lives are everywhere yet it is hard, at times, for us to see it. We often do not have time to look at life directly. We catch glimpses here and there and our lives are reflected back to us.

A time of day often lost is the time we spend preparing for what the rest of the day has in store for us. Our morning behavior shapes our attitude, thoughts, beliefs and decisions for the rest of the day.

I hear the baby crying a few minutes before my alarm will go off.  Any time before 6:00am feels like nighttime.  My eyes don't focus.  The sun isn't up.  It just feels plain wrong to be awake.
I hear the baby crying a few minutes before my alarm will go off. Any time before 6:00am feels like nighttime. My eyes don't focus. The sun isn't up. It just feels plain wrong to be awake.
I trip on toys in the hallway.  I thought I put these away last night?  Ouch!
I trip on toys in the hallway. I thought I put these away last night? Ouch!
As I scramble from the floor I realize I forgot something else.  An important report was due yesterday at 3:00pm.
As I scramble from the floor I realize I forgot something else. An important report was due yesterday at 3:00pm.
I missed an important deadline yesterday!!!
I missed an important deadline yesterday!!!
I try to focus on what is in my control at this point.  I turn on the shower early so the bathroom is warm and I try to recharge my batteries with some coffee- black coffee.
I try to focus on what is in my control at this point. I turn on the shower early so the bathroom is warm and I try to recharge my batteries with some coffee- black coffee.
I notice how much my bathroom light looks like a sunrise reflected in the foggy bathroom mirror.  Although this sunrise has three suns. I wonder what it would be like to have three suns and to have a morning three times brighter...
I notice how much my bathroom light looks like a sunrise reflected in the foggy bathroom mirror. Although this sunrise has three suns. I wonder what it would be like to have three suns and to have a morning three times brighter...
I realize I have to start my day and I draw a heart on the foggy mirror with my finger as I think of my husband and baby.
I realize I have to start my day and I draw a heart on the foggy mirror with my finger as I think of my husband and baby.
I take a nice hot shower and feel cleansed.  I think of all the love I have in my life.  I may be busy but I am truly blessed.  I am thankful for my family, my work, my home, my life...
I take a nice hot shower and feel cleansed. I think of all the love I have in my life. I may be busy but I am truly blessed. I am thankful for my family, my work, my home, my life...
I put on my makeup as I watch the baby.  This is harder than I thought. I am aiming to just look presentable and work and not as tired as I feel.  I double check to make sure I put mascara on BOTH eyes.
I put on my makeup as I watch the baby. This is harder than I thought. I am aiming to just look presentable and work and not as tired as I feel. I double check to make sure I put mascara on BOTH eyes.
As I leave for my son's child daycare before work I reflect back at all I leave behind each morning and prepare to face what the road ahead has in store for me today.
As I leave for my son's child daycare before work I reflect back at all I leave behind each morning and prepare to face what the road ahead has in store for me today.

As I drive I decompress from all of the things I have to do each day and remember all the choices I make daily. It is these decisions I make for myself each day that matters. I choose how to life my life, I choose how to accomplish everything in my responsibility and I choose which direction my life slowly is steered in. What I do today, although I may not always realize it, influences where I am and what opportunities I have from years to come.

Morning Reflections and Affirmations

  1. I think well of myself.
  2. I can criticize my own behavior without questioning my worth as a human being.
  3. I notice and enjoy each sign of achievement or progress, no matter how insignificant it may seem to myself or others.
  4. I am generally capable of living well, and of applying the time, effort, patience, training, and assistance needed to do so.
  5. I expect others to like and respect me. If they don't, that's okay.
  6. I can usually earn people's trust and affection through sincere and respectful treatment. If not, that's okay.
  7. I generally show good judgement in relationships and work.
  8. I enjoy new challenges and don't get upset when things dont' go well right off the bat.
  9. The work I do is generally good quality, and I expect to do many worthwhile things in the future.
  10. I am aware of my strengths and respect them.
  11. I can laugh at some of the ridiculous things I do sometimes.
  12. My contributions can make a difference in people's lives.
  13. I consider myself a worthwhile person.
  14. I like being a one-of-a-kind portrait. I 'm glad to be unique.
  15. I like myself without comparison to others.
  16. I feel stable and secure inside because I rightly regard my core worth.

Affirmations adapted from: Schiraldi, Glenn R. The Self-Esteem Workbook. new Harbinger Publications, Inc. 2001.

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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

A positive outlook on life. Nicely done.

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